Antiques Roadshow’s Fiona Bruce gives update on the show’s future: ‘nothing lasts forever’ 

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10 Jul 2024, 14:36

Fiona Bruce in Antiques Roadshow

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Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce has given fans an update on the future of the beloved BBC series, and hinted that bosses “could ring changes” as the series enters its 25th year. 

Fiona has been at the helm of the trinket appraisal series since 2008, taking over from Michael Aspel and following in the footsteps of the likes of Angela Rippon, Bruce Parker and Hugh Scully. 

The Question Time presenter recently sat down with Woman’s Weekly to chat about her illustrious career, and she revealed fears about showbosses deciding to take Antiques Roadshow in a new direction. 



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She told the publication (via The Express):  “Nothing lasts forever, I’ve been doing Antiques Roadshow for 15 years. Maybe next run, they will ring changes. I’ll be sad but I will totally accept it.

“That’s the brutal reality of TV,” she added. “You rarely leave at a time of your choosing.”

Fiona discussed feeling “pretty relaxed about it all” and wanting to do her own thing later on in life, but is sure she also doesn’t want to work into her 80s, despite loving the thrill of live telly. 

The broadcaster also touched on her taking over the role of host on Question Time in 2019. The political programme had David Dimbleby in charge of the panel before Fiona became the first full-time female presenter. 

Describing her Question Time role as her “most terrifying” job to date, Fiona candidly revealed that the “unpredictability” of the show is what gets her nerves up, as you have “no idea what [the audience] are going to say.”

Back to Antiques Roadshow, and filming for series 47 is currently underway, with plenty of hopeful punters bringing their antiques and heirlooms along and hoping the expert team will tell them they are worth an absolute packet.

Each of the new shows will feature specialists in the fields of jewellery, silver, ceramics, glass, pictures, rare books, clocks and watches, and militaria. There will also be a team of experts who know everything about collectables – from retro toys to movie and music memorabilia, from ancient antiquities to costume jewellery, from mid-century furniture to vintage fashion.

With the announcement of the new Antiques Roadshow venues, Fiona said back in February: “A new series of the Antiques Roadshow begins again and I, for one, can’t wait. Travelling the length and breadth of the UK to see what the great British public have pulled out of their attics and off their shelves." 

She continued: “I know we’ll see items of great quality and value - but I’m always drawn in by a moving personal story too. They are what often stick longest in my memory. And I’m determined to improve my record on Basic, Better, Best. Surely I’ve got to get more of them right this year!”

Catch up on Antiques Roadshow on BBC iPlayer.